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Col. GEO. R.CLARKE,
Pacific Garden Mission,
Was Called to his Reward
JUNE 21st, 1892.
"beim; dead yet SPEAKETH."
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To day Sept. lo^h, 1892. marks the l3th Anniversary of the
Pacific Gat^den mission.
Since issuing our last report my dear husband has been
taken from us, and a great shadow has fallen upon the Mission
to which he had given the best thoughts and efforts of a conse-
crated life. For its welfare, he had laid himself upon the
alter of God, year by year, and God had accepted the gift,
pouring upon it the riches of His Grace and Love, until the
Master said: "Well done * * * enter thou into the joy of the
Lord." A vacancy has been made, that can never be filled, and
yet, with praise to God, we record that the work has been in no
wise abated, but rather by the marked presence of the spirit,
has gone on with ever Increasing power.
Bro. Chas. Cook, one of our regular leaders of meetings,
has also fallen asleep in Jesus. He was "a man full of faith
and of the Holy Ghost,'' and his presence is sadly missed.
Marks an epoch long to be remembered. As I think of the
first opening i^^ a little shabby room on ('lark Street, of all the
vicissitudes through which the Mission has passed — how many
struggles and discouragements — and how wonderfully the dear
Lord has helped us through them all — and how the
Hand of Blessing
has ever been over us, — and that for Fourteen and one-half years
we were permitted to work together, in carrying the Goi<pel to
the poor — when 1 remember all these blessing, my heart goes
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out to God in profound gratitude for the privileges, and rich
experiences that have crowned these years of blessed service.
The Past Year'
has been marked with unusual blessings. The increased at-
tendance— tlio spiritiial power, and the large number of those
seeking a better life, has brought songs of rejoicings, into homes
far and near. Proiligals have returned and the once sad and
blighted liouseholds Uave been made bright and happy.
Owing to the large number of strangers that have been in
the city, passing to and from Depots— we have been enabled to
reach a larger number than in any previous year.
each evening through the week, has averaged, about three hun.
dred, and on Sunday nights from five to six hundred. Accur-
ate numbers have not been kept, during the past year, but ob-
servations have been taken every night, and scarcely a week
during the year, but that an average of one hundred seekers
have expressed a desire for a better life; and numbering the
results from the Converts Meetings on Sunday Mornings, the
Bible Study, and the Gospel Meetings held in the Afternoons
from November to March, the number of professed seekers
have been over Six Thousand.
will reveal how many of this vast number are saved. So many
of them are strangers coming and going.it is impossible to fol-
low tliem up. but once in oiirmidat we endeavor to speak a word
personally to every one as they pass out, handing them a tract,
and ascertaining if they are saved. Thus often an encouraging
xoord or a icarm shake of the hand^ has been the turning point in
many a life. Usually one-third of the audience are strangers.
The Work of the Evening,
is oi)ened by a season of waiting before God in "an upper room"
for the enduiement of power, by the decent of the Holy Spirit.
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During the summer months we have an open air service at the
entrance of the Mission, where hundreds congregate to hear the
singing and the short gospel address, and proves a means of
leading many into the Gospel meeting which follows.
The Song Set^viee
is a prominent feature of our meetings. ]n this service which
lasts nearly half nn hour, every one is supplied with a song leaf,
let and all join in th'e singing, making with thelnstruments and
leaders, an inspiring, and effective chorus of praise, and often
proves the means by which the Holj^ Spirit subdues hearts.
Prayer and a brief gospel address followed by testimonies from
the redeemed, and then the enquiry meeting to gather up the
results, is the order of exercises.
Three }iiindPed and Sixty-five
nights in the year these meetings are conducted with different
speakers each night in the week. The arder of this work,
never abates, as some new voices and new experiences are
heard every night.
The Chamtable Wot^k of the mission
covers a broad field, and is becoming a very prominent and im-
portant feature of the work. The multitude of appeals that
come to US', from the poor, sick, aged and distressed are of such
a nature, thnt immediate assistance is often found necessary.
Many of these "Cases, would not come under the rules of the
charitable institutions, and many of the sick are not able to find
accommodations in the hospitals, owing to the large number of
strnngers that are coming to our city. Relief consists in food,
clothing, fuel, lodgings, medicine, aid in funeral expen8es,rents,
etc. A little timely aid in this direction often prevents the
county from having the care of the sick and destitute for weeks
and months. We trust that this feature of the work will com-
mend itself to the charitable citizens of Chicago,
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This work has been coexistant with the Mission. For lifteen
years, two or three afternoons of each week have usually been
spent in visiting from cell to cell, coming in personal contact
with every inmate, and presenting the gospel as best one can
through iron bars. Tracts and religious papers are distributed,
testaments are given to those who feel inclined to make use of
them. Thi"- work has always been greatly 6/es«efZ and we feel
productive of great good. Many have been led to praise God,
that they were ever placed behind the prison bars, because it has
been the means of arousing them to a consciousness of their lost
condiiiou, and thus they have been led to repentance, and salva-
tion, 'J'hrough this work we have been enabled to present the
Gospel personally to three or four thousand each jear, and we
expect from tliis vast number to meet many among the redeemed.
LUeekly Visits at the County Hospital
are included with general calls by our Mis>ionaries, who spend
a portion of eiich day in visiting from house to house, carrying
the gospel to those wot able, and often not inclined to go to anj'
place of worship, adminifitering to the needs of the poor and
sick so far as practicable, and meeting the many demands from
various sources, that come under the head of oharit}', — a work
that somebody must do.
A Bright Spot.
At the Converts Meeting at half past nine ever)^ Sunday
morning, one will find from seventy-five to one hundred assem-
bled relating their experiences, and testifying as to what the
(jvdce of God is able to do. Most thrilling testimones are given
of how families have been reunited, backsliders reclaimed and
The interest in this department of our work has been greater
the j)ast year than ever before. The attendance ha- usually
ranged from eighty to one hundred, with little diminuitioQ,
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even during the heat of the summer. A fair proportion of this
number are earnest and intelligent students of the Bible. Others
are recent converts of the mission, just beginning to learn the
word of God, while not a few of the unsaved are always present
and are attentive and eager listeners. The close of the session
is followed b}^ peisonal work among those who linger, and
develops the blessed fact that not only has the spiritual life of
God's people been quickened by the study of the Word, but not
unfrequently that the Holy Spirit has been present in convict-
ing and converting power, blessing the truth to the saving of
sinners. Thus has been fulfilled the promise, "So shall my word
be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto
me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall
prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Is. 55, 11.
What Beeotries of the Converts
of the Mission is the question so often asked. We take the
address of those remaining in the city, and special efforts are
made by our missionaries to look after them, and we urge them
to find some church home, still retaining their relation to the
Mission. Letters received from many who leave the city as-
sure us of their faithfulness in other places, A large number
of the professed seekers are people passing through the city,
and are attracted to the services by the music or a card of invi-
tation handed them on the street. They go on their way, but
often return to testify that two, four, six or ten years ago, "I
was passing through this city and induced to come in and
through the influence of the meeting decided to lead a Christian
life." These testimonies are so often heard that our hearts are
greatly encour^iged to commend the strangers to the tender
care of the Great Shepherd who knoweth His own, and will lose
none of them.
The Centt'al ^Vlission Chut'ch.
It has long been the conviction of the founders of the Mission
that a church for the masses was one of the great necessities of
this field. We are happy to state that the Baptists have started
a church in our immediate neighborhood, where many of the
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converts of the Mission and the laboring classes always find a
welcome. Its membership is now forty -five, and a hearty shake
of the hand and a God bless yon a^Yait every sad heart that
may find their way into this place of worship. God bless and
prosper tliis noble work.
Crime Preventing Agency.
One can hardly calculate the restraining influence the Mission
has upon the criminal classes. Statistics from police officials
who have watched the work from the beginning bear testimony
of its importance as a crime preventing agency, and assure us
that this rescue work among the masses is accomplishing more
towards preserving peace and protecting the interest of citizens
than can well be estimated.
Many that have been obtaining a livelihood by preying upon
the property of others have been induced to come into the
Mission, and while there, by hearing the experiences of those
who had been leading similar lives, but had been saved by the
precious Gospel, and were 7iow living sober, honest and indus-
trious lives — these testimonies have been blessed to them, in
changing their purposes, and often when they were about to
commit some depredation, their hands have been stayed and
they have been rescued from sin.
This phase of the work alone ought to commend itself to the
favorable consideration, and to the best interests of the business
men of our city.
The Christnrias thinner.
This gathering is looked forward to with great anticipation
among the poor, homeless, and friendless. On Christmas day,
from seven to eight hundred are usually served to a turkey din-
ner. About six hundred can be accommodated in the room at
once, and after services tickets are given to them, where they
can obtain their dinner, and the doors are again thrown open
to the second audience.
This service is composed of songs, prayers and short ad-
dresses. No adecjuate description can be given of this gather-
ing. One must be an eye witness to receive the impressions that
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come from so many eager faces, beaming forth with grati-
tude and thanksgiving, that they are the honored guests of the
occasion. To look upon such a mottled assembly awakens deep-
est pity and sympathy as they realize that each one represants
a member of some broken home ^somewhere. The pathos that is de-
picted on many faces, as they are reminded of better daj^s, and
often the tears that trickle down many a cheek, manifest an
appreciation that speaks louder than words. We believe this
little act of kindness goes -very far toward bridging over the
gulf between the rich and the poor, as well as carrying out the
commands of the Word. "Luke 14. 13."
Many a desperate man has been subdued by this act of re-
membrance, and we trust our dear readers would like to share
in the blessings that come from the Christmas dinner, by
sharing the necessary means in providing it.
The pinanees of the JVTeeting
are supplied largely by voluntary offerings from liberal minded
Christians and citizens, and the balance by the founders of the
Mission, who have also contributed their services since the
work began, being present over three hundred nights each year
and all day on Sundays.
Outr Heartfelt Thanks
are due to these generous doners, and for clothing papers and
tracts furnished by the Chicago Tract Society. We are greatly
indebted to our kind friends for the many words of sympathy
and cheer, and more especially for their generous aid in helping
to maintain the work, and may we not find it in your hearts to
continue to stand by us during the coming year, which we hope,
under the blessing of God, to make by far the most successful
in the historj' of the Mission.
In view of the many strangers that will be in Chicago, every
effort will be put forth to reach the largest number possible, as
we hope to have a Gospel Wagon in the field and other means
employed in reaching the masses.
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is the Mission to be held during the coming year?
This has been the perplexing question over which much
prayer has been given, but no light has yet dawned. Our pres-
ent building has been sold during the past year, and possession
will have to be given the first of Maj'.
No'" Memorial Hair'' is looming up before us, as we had
wishad to see, and every available room is secured for a saloon
or Gambling den, and ichere is the Gospel to be preached — the
only hope of staying the great tide of sin that is running riot
in our city, This is a question that I hope will interest our
dear readers, and may we not have your prayers and aid that
some pZacfi will be provided to continue this work which has
been a blessing to so many thousands.
A few nights ago, a young man arose und said with great
enthusiasm: "as I was passing down the street last evening, on
my way to a saloon, a gentleman handed me a card and asked
me to come in and stay half an hour. I remained two hocrs
and in that time, I became a changed man. I had not been in
any place of worship for fifteen years^ spending my time in
salooni and similar places of resort, always supposing it was
necessray to indulge in stimulents to keep vp, and the saloon-
keeper has always told me there was something in the throat
every morning that I had to take a glass of Whiskey to get out,"
but as I did not drink anything last night, I did not have any-
thing to GET OUT, and this has been the happiest day I ever
The following evening he testified that he had been pray-
ing for employment and started out in the morning with faith,
believing that he would succeed, and before entering a place he
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would just offer up a silent prayer, and before noon he had two
places ofl'ered him, and is now employed and doing nicely.
Another man about sixty years old said: "all my life time
1 have been an intemperate man, have been a circus man, kept a
saloon, and have recently been negotiating with the Keeley cure
to take my diamonds for treatment, but now, thank God, I shall
not have to go to Keeley, for I have been to Calvary, and I
have found a perfect cure-"'
The saloon he intended to open is now for rent and he is
The question is often asked, " What becomes of the converts
of the Mission?"' AVe are in constant receipt of letters assur-
ing us of their faithfulness in other places, I submit an entire
copy of a letter from a party of whom we have not heard since
he left the city, ten j-ears ago, luitil his recent communication;
also a few extracts from others as a sample :
Public Schools, Ger3ian Department,
J. F. Peters, Sup't.
EvANSViLLE, Ind., June 26, 1892.
Mrs. Geo. K. Clarke, Morgan Park :
Dear Madam : — Through the " News Record" of Chicago the
melancholy intelligence of your revered husband's death is
brought to me, and I beg to tender to you my heartfelt sym-
It was in the year 1878 when I came to Chicago friendless^
pennyless^ hopeless. ]Mauy a severe winter night I wandered
the chilly streets, half starved and with despair in my soul.
Some one called my attention to the Clark Street Mission, con-
ducted by your noble husband. I wended my way there one
night, more for the sake of obtaining a shelter, than listening
to the precious words that were uttered there. Your blessed,
revered husband was the first one who took me by the hand
and spoke courage to my soul He provided me with a place
to sleep and also with something to eat.
All through that severe winter I was leaning on the strong,
fatherly arm of your husband, and I learned the lesson which
has neverfailed me until now, to trust to Him who is the stay
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and support of every one that believes in Him. I left Chicago
in the sprins: 1879 and bv the grace of God I have succeeded to
climb high in m^- profession. I have been here ten years now,
am happy, married and father of several lovely children.
Mr, Clarke has gone to his reward, and oh I how the angels
must have sun.u" when the s|>irit of this noble man entered into
the place that was prepared for him near his beloved Master
and Savior, and the assurance we have. Mrs. Clarke, that your
noble husband has gone to a happier sphere, must be a consola-
tion to you in your severe trial.
May you be divinely comforted is the praj-er of a friend.
J. F. Peters.
From a wife to her husband:
IIackensack. July 31, 1892.
My Dear Husband : — I wonder if you have the faintest idea
of how happy 1 am to hear the good news of your salvation.
I am >ure words cannot express it, and one of the first things I
did was to thank God for answering my prayers. Xow do not
put of the next important step of joining the church. Do it as
soon as vou can. It is one of the earthlv ties that bind us to
God. — - '
From a man who was about to commit suicide, had written a
letter to his wife, but was induced to come into the Mission
and was saved :
My Dear Wife: — As I expect to put an end to a life which
has ceased to be useful, and which of late years has been the
cause of untold sorrow to yourself and the children, because of
my int;^mperate habits. I write to ask the forgiveness of you
all for the sorrow and sulVering I have caused you.
My lif«' of l:it«' has been a curse to what was formerh' one of
the happiest of homes, where peace, love, hapj^iness' abided.
(h'hik. tfiou trrrihlf curse ! In tlie happy vears of the past I
never for a moment thought I u ould live to come to an end like
thi«. May Go'l pity mc !
MuRDOCK, Neb., June 18, 1892.
Mr. Harry Monro p: :
Dear Friend : — How j^lad I am that I was induced to come in
the Mission, where I heard the glad tidings of great jo5% which
has made me happy ever since. Out hers 1 have to walk four
miles to church, but I would go were it tex miles. Before I
was converted I never was happy, but now it is peace all the
day long. I hav« the precious Bible my mother gave me.
When I was out of money and had no place to sleep the Mission
furnished me with a place. May God bless and prosper it for
its good work.
The expenses of the Mission for the loth j'car, ending Sep-
tember 15, 1592, have been as follows:
Rent of hall and office, .... $2,644.00
Salaries of fire assistants, riz : Missionaries, cornetist,
organist and janiter, . . . 2,729.00
Ooal for Mission and poor, - - . . 251.31
Electric light, . - . . . 360.00
Gas, ----... 84.00
Printing songs, cards, reports, etc., - - 255.75
Repairs and Sundry expenses of Mission, - - 2S2.95
Contributions of lodging, meals, medicines, rent, sup-
plies, etc. for the poor and sick, - - 1,103.00
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Armour. Phillip - $100.00
Andrews. M. - - 10.00
Atwood, Mr. - - 10.00
Atwater, John L. - 5.00
Ayeks. Ed. - - 100.00
Adams, J. McGregor, 25.00
Beach, E, Kellog, - 25.00
Brown, Thos. Jr. - 10.00
Blair. Wm. - - 25.00
BisSELL. G. F.. - - 30.00
Bliss, Mrs. s. E. - 15.00
Bacon, H. M. - - 10.00
Barker, J. X. - - 5.00
Ball, Mrs. G. - - O.oO
BusHEELL, Mrs. H. S. 1.00
Bird. Wm. - - - 1.00
Bliss, Theo. F. - - 5.00
Bradner, Smith & Co. 25.00
CARSON.PiERIE & SCOTT.200.00
Clarke, B. F. - - 50.00
Contribution, - - 32.89
CONG'L Ch. Col. at Har-
TEY, - - - 3.38
Chandler & Co., - - 10.00
Chicago Forge & Bolt
Co., - - - 25.00
Cong'l Ch. Col., Onta-
rio, III., - - 7.80
Cook, Sister Sarah. 10.00
Cass, W. T. - - 5.00
Carter, C.T. - - 5.00
Calverly, James - 10.00
Cong'l Ch. Col., Flor-
ida, Iowa, - - 8,85
Cash, • - - - 10 00
Cash, - - - _ 5.00
Cash, - - - - lo.OO
Calyerley, Herbert, 1.00
Cong'l Ch. S. S., Oak
PARK, - - - 2.50
Garden Mission - 652.96
Dunning, Mrs. Wm.,
Waukegan, - 300.00
Dodge, Geo. E. P. - 50.00
Dewolf, Mrs. Calvin, 10.00
De Golyer. Watts - 10.00
DiETZ, W. H. - - 10.00
D , Miss li. E. - - 15.00
Davison Chas. L., - 2.00
Excell. E. O. - - 25.00
Earl Bros. - - 25.00
Ebkrhart, John - - 10.00
Elderkin, Geo. E, - 20.00
Friend of the poor, 250.00
Ford & Johnson. - 25.00
Freeman, Thos. - - 5.00
FURGESON, W. G. - 5.00
Friend, . - - 5.00
Bro. Foreman, - - 1.00
Frances, J. M. - - 5.00
Friend, - - - 2.00
Friend, - - - - ].00
Friend, - - - 1.00
Friend. - - - - 1.00
Green, O.B. - - 200.00
Gage, Lyman J. - - 25.00
Garrettson, Richard, 12.00
Gleason, C. O. - - 5.00
Bartlet & Co. ■
HiNKLEY, S. T.
Henderson, C. M.
Holt, D. R. -
Hubbard, Mrs. M. A.
holden, f. m.
Hagerman, B. -
Hawlet, Miss - • -
Hart, G. W. -
|VES, Mr. and Mrs.
Jacobs, W. B.
Japp, Richard -
Johnson. John S. -
Jepson, Sadie -
Kenwood Union Evan'l
Ch. Col. - - 224.12
" Balance LAST year, 18.79
King, Henry W. - - 100.00
Keen, Aglae - - 25.00
KOHLSAAT, H. H. - - 20.00
Leiter, Levi Z.
Leavitt, Dr. S. -
Little, B. R.
Lord, Thos. -
Mii>i)ER, J. W. -
Merriam, C. W.
Mrs. M. J. H.
Hiver, D. R.
OsBURN, H. S. - 25.00
Osgood, Mr. - - - 2.00
Packard, Sajiuel W. 375.00
Potter, D. W. - - 20 00
Penfield, Henry D.- 5.00
Petran, H. J. - . 5.00
Patterson, Rev. Alex. 2.00
Parks, Sister - - 2.00
Pitkin & Brooks - 25.00
Riddle, Hugh - - 100.00
Redfield, Mr. - 5.00
Reynolds, Wm. C. - - 25.00
Revell, F. H. - - 25.00
RY LANDER, N. - - 5.00
Sheldon, H. - - 40.00
Simmons, Chas. E. - 25.00
Storey, C. W. & H. C. 25.00
Swan, D. E. - - - 10.00
SiLvA, C. P. - - 5.00
Seymour, M* A. - - 5.00
Salt Spring S, School, 5.50
Swift, Carlos, - 4.50
S. S. Class, per
Miss Ogers, - - 2.85
Thaine, R. J. - - 10.00
Torrey, Rev. R. A. - 5.00
Walker, Geo. C. - 50.00
Wagner, A. B. - - 10.00
Wilson Bros. - - 10.00
Wood Bros. - - 25.00
Wheeler, C. G. - 10.00
Wilson, E. W. - - 10.00
WiSWELL, A. - - 10.00
Waitk, John - - 5.00
Fonnders of Mission, 3007.47
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The present regular workers of the Mission consist of :
Sarah D. Clarke, Superintendent.
Harry Monroe. Assistant Superintendent.
Wm. Evans, Missionary and Cornetist.
Wm. Hamilton, Organist.
Mrs. C. Swift, Supt. Bible Study.
We are indebted to Mrs. Evans, Miss Hawley and Mrs Ran-
ney for frequent volunteer services on the piano, and to many
singers from the dift'ereut churches who have favored us in the
song service. We are also greatly indebted to Bros. Torey,
• Potter, Kirk. McLean, Bliss, Whittle, Sajels, Patterson, Pike,
Dr. Boynton, Bro. Willson and many other evangelists and lay-
men in leading meetings.
Bro. Ashton has rendered very efficient service as Missionary
during the past year, to which Mr. Evans is now assigned.
Bro. Wagner and Bro. Hubble, with others, have rendered
valuable assistance as '' doorkeepers in the house of the Lord."
Many of the students from Bro. Moodj^'s Bible Institute and
from the different Theological Seminaries have favored us by
their assistance in the meetings, to all of whom we extend our
SARAH D. CLARKE.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
Samuel W. Packard,
B. F. Jacobs,
D. W. Potter,
Samuel W. Pike,
Dr. S. Leavitt,
Sarah D. Clarke.